UFC lightweight Roger Huerta waiting for the call to fight his "last fight"

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Twenty20Dollars
3/28/09 2:58:06PM
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Popular UFC lightweight Roger Huerta - the first mixed martial artist to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated - hasn't been mentioned much in recent months.

After declining to renew his contract with the UFC in January, Huerta said in the most recent episode of HDNet's "Inside MMA" that he's been stuck waiting by the phone.

"To be honest I'm just waiting for that phone call," Huerta said.
Aaronno9
3/28/09 3:31:40PM
I never boarded the Huerta bandwagon, its not going to be a huge loss to MMA when he leaves. I dont think he'd of ever cracked the top 10 nevermind became a champion.
Jackelope
3/28/09 3:41:31PM

Posted by Aaronno9

I never boarded the Huerta bandwagon, its not going to be a huge loss to MMA when he leaves. I dont think he'd of ever cracked the top 10 nevermind became a champion.

on the first part.

I think there's an argument that can be made for him potentially reaching the top 10, but he's throwing that all away by leaving MMA now. He had a pretty decent wrestling base, he had plenty of heart, and he was obviously a tough guy. It's a shame to see him go, but if his idea of stardom lies outside of MMA, then more power to him and the sport will move on without him.
DaMaGeInC
3/28/09 5:01:05PM
i think 145 would have been good for him
Jesse_Canadian_MMA
3/28/09 5:25:16PM
well I like the guy, the way he fights is awesome but I'll live if he decides not to fight anymore but its like who are they going to have him fight, whats the point???
prozacnation1978
3/28/09 5:27:44PM
i bet ufc drags this till the fall or dec have him fight a tough guy like sherk or sanchez
CwB
3/28/09 5:44:38PM
With all the top lightweights already signed for fights (florian penn, sanchez guida, sherk edgar, Griffin dos anjos, diaz stevenson, neer peligrino,) the only top fighter without a fight coming up is
Gray Maynard
If the ufc wants to send huerta packing with a loss put em in with maynard

would be a nice test for maynard before the top of the division
wapttn
3/28/09 5:50:24PM

Posted by Aaronno9

I never boarded the Huerta bandwagon, its not going to be a huge loss to MMA when he leaves. I dont think he'd of ever cracked the top 10 nevermind became a champion.



I think he was already top 10 when he faced florian. Since then he's obviously fallen a couple notches, but considering his age, and natural abilities I think that to say he'd never be ranked a top 10 fighter for the rest of his career is overlooking a lot of things.

1. he's only 25
2. he's proven himself against some very stiff competition
3. is the only fight that forian hasn't finished since his loss to sherk
4. is very well rounded
5. has outstanding conditioning
6. fights with a lot of heart
7. fights very smart

He's fallen a few notches on my list since he's made this decision to drop out of mma and go to acting. I've lost respect for Cung Le and Couture for the same reasons so its nothing personal against Huerta, but I've lost a little more respect for him because I suspect that he'll come back to the ufc demanding an inflated contract when the ufc tries to go into mexico. It's almost disrespectful to the sport to take time off to pursue acting when the only reason you got the acting opportunities are because of your success in mma. Any fighter who is satisfied as an actor was not a fighter in the first place. If I were to take a guess as to what he is then it'd be fighter bashing so i'll keep my mouth shut... but either way its simply unfortunate
KaibaThedon
3/28/09 5:55:19PM
I thought he was a pretty good fighter, but I guess the money and fame is in acting? lol

El Matador...

WheelchairBandit
3/28/09 6:48:51PM
I really enjoy watching Roger fight,but he's suffering from Brandon Vera syndrome right now.Before the fight with Florian,he thought he had the UFC by the balls and could demand whatever he wanted.That backfired on him.Now,seeing that the UFC is going to punish him for speaking out against them,he's looking to get out of the sport altogether.

But if the guy thinks he can make a living doing movies,more power to him.Tito Ortiz thought the same thing.

WB.
higdon10
3/28/09 7:48:20PM
I know that if I was half as pretty as he is I would definitly do my best to avoid being punched in the face.
Pookie
3/28/09 8:03:22PM

Posted by wapttn


Posted by Aaronno9

I never boarded the Huerta bandwagon, its not going to be a huge loss to MMA when he leaves. I dont think he'd of ever cracked the top 10 nevermind became a champion.



I think he was already top 10 when he faced florian. Since then he's obviously fallen a couple notches, but considering his age, and natural abilities I think that to say he'd never be ranked a top 10 fighter for the rest of his career is overlooking a lot of things.

1. he's only 25
2. he's proven himself against some very stiff competition
3. is the only fight that forian hasn't finished since his loss to sherk
4. is very well rounded
5. has outstanding conditioning
6. fights with a lot of heart
7. fights very smart

He's fallen a few notches on my list since he's made this decision to drop out of mma and go to acting. I've lost respect for Cung Le and Couture for the same reasons so its nothing personal against Huerta, but I've lost a little more respect for him because I suspect that he'll come back to the ufc demanding an inflated contract when the ufc tries to go into mexico. It's almost disrespectful to the sport to take time off to pursue acting when the only reason you got the acting opportunities are because of your success in mma. Any fighter who is satisfied as an actor was not a fighter in the first place. If I were to take a guess as to what he is then it'd be fighter bashing so i'll keep my mouth shut... but either way its simply unfortunate



I have doubts on your #2, #6, & #7.

But nonetheless i see what your saying
NeaRMisS
3/28/09 8:15:11PM

Posted by wapttn


Posted by Aaronno9

I never boarded the Huerta bandwagon, its not going to be a huge loss to MMA when he leaves. I dont think he'd of ever cracked the top 10 nevermind became a champion.



I think he was already top 10 when he faced florian. Since then he's obviously fallen a couple notches, but considering his age, and natural abilities I think that to say he'd never be ranked a top 10 fighter for the rest of his career is overlooking a lot of things.

1. he's only 25
2. he's proven himself against some very stiff competition
3. is the only fight that forian hasn't finished since his loss to sherk
4. is very well rounded
5. has outstanding conditioning
6. fights with a lot of heart
7. fights very smart

He's fallen a few notches on my list since he's made this decision to drop out of mma and go to acting. I've lost respect for Cung Le and Couture for the same reasons so its nothing personal against Huerta, but I've lost a little more respect for him because I suspect that he'll come back to the ufc demanding an inflated contract when the ufc tries to go into mexico. It's almost disrespectful to the sport to take time off to pursue acting when the only reason you got the acting opportunities are because of your success in mma. Any fighter who is satisfied as an actor was not a fighter in the first place. If I were to take a guess as to what he is then it'd be fighter bashing so i'll keep my mouth shut... but either way its simply unfortunate



I agree with you almost 100%. The thing is, the UFC looks at it like a slap in the face, so they are trying to make EVERYONE forget about him. Hell, I did for a moment. You have everything else being brought up and you over look him. Thats what the UFC will do, that way they can say look, we made you who we are, and we can take that away. Have fun with acting! Good luck trying to get a real contract after acting.
101proof
3/28/09 8:20:22PM
No big loss he was to cocky for a guy who was beating middle tier fighters then the first shot he gets at a top ten fighter he gets his ass beaten thank you Kenny Florian
Gipper
3/28/09 9:45:10PM
this guy is a warrior he comes to fight everytime he steps in the cage/ring. he is easily in the top 15 -20 in the world and has the potential to be top 10 one day. i just think the top lw's in the ufc like penn, sanchez, sherk would eat him up.

one more fighter who i think would eat him up is gray maynard and it might be a fight the ufc would put together to make gray a title contender.
Brain_Smasher
3/28/09 11:32:21PM
Huerta is a fun guy to watch but he has to much Tito in him and not enough fight. He was never that good. Just about all of the guys he fought in the UFC were new guys brought in for him to beat. Most of them never got a win in the UFC and were released. Huerta isnt good enough to beat most UFC regulars even the lessor fighters. When he faced Florian he got trounced. Fact is Huerta knew he wasnt that good and was trying to hold the UFC hostage while he had some leverage. The UFC didnt fall for it.

Look for Huerta to sign with Bellator Fighting. From what i understand they are going to be marketing to the hispanic demographic. Huerta can be a contender there and be one of their fan favorites. He knows he cant win consistantly in the UFC so he will leave. He will lose his last fight too of he is given anyone even decent.
finnish_line
3/29/09 1:47:32AM

All I know is that he was in two of my favorite matches in UFC history. Huerta/Guida and Huerta/Garcia.

Sad to see him go. Exciting fighter.
ChokeUout
3/29/09 4:42:54AM
Personally, I couldn't care less about Roger Huerta right now....

Pure and Simple, Fame got to his head. He had a great year in 2007 where he went 5-0 (albeit against guys, sans Guida, who have a combined 1-10 record in the UFC), and all of a sudden it was "This is a cake Walk...I'm never gonna lose...I'm Underpaid, I want what BJ Penn gets paid...blah blah blah". He lost one fight to Florian, and Now he wants to act and MODEL...I repeat...MODEL!!!

So I say if he wants to Model, Let him go prance around in his underwear on a runway somewhere and leave the fighting to the REAL fighters.
jae_1833
3/29/09 10:53:04AM
I think everyone hates on Huerta because he fought "easy" guys at first. I still think he is a great fighter and deserves to fight another good fighter. He is 1-1 with good fighters. Guida and Florian respectively. How about a fight with Rich Clementi? (Losser leaves town fight?)
Jackelope
3/29/09 11:28:03AM
Clementi already left town. IMO Clementi was 10 times the fighter Huerta was.

Like I said- there were times that Huerta showed heart, and I enjoyed a lot of his matches. People have nailed it, though- he obviously doesn't want to fight for a living. The UFC doesn't need guys like that. Premadonnas who will ruin the sport (just like Mayweather in boxing) because they won't be willing to take fights. The UFC doesn't want to run their business that way, and the fans will spite Huerta because of his decisions.

Yet Huerta still got the cover of SI magazine. How frustrating must that be for hard working tough sob's who will fight anyone? Wandy? Liddell? Rampage? Hendo? Franklin? I mean these are all guys with bigger names and who are obviously more a fighter's fighter type. The only problem- they don't speak to the mexican community. That's what I've been saying about Huerta all along. He was a branch from the UFC to Mexican fans. They wanted their Tito fans back. I have a feeling a lot of Mexicans probably don't like Huerta, anyway. They'd be better off marketing a Mexican fighter like Miguel Torres or Leonard Garcia who are both wrecking machines ready and willing to step up and fight anyone
gnl68
3/29/09 12:17:24PM
Its a shame when Dana White can say whatever he wants,then punishes a fighter for speaking his mind.Dana is a hypocrite!Anybody that questions his authority,he makes a point to make that fighter suffer.I understand that when you represent a company you do owe them some respect.But, when you think that you are being disrespected then you do or say what you feel.My hat's off to Roger.He is a good young fighter with alot of promise.He is a groundbreaker for all of mma.By the way,i am far from a Roger Heurta fan club member!!
Brain_Smasher
3/29/09 1:49:41PM

Posted by gnl68

Its a shame when Dana White can say whatever he wants,then punishes a fighter for speaking his mind.Dana is a hypocrite!Anybody that questions his authority,he makes a point to make that fighter suffer.I understand that when you represent a company you do owe them some respect.But, when you think that you are being disrespected then you do or say what you feel.My hat's off to Roger.He is a good young fighter with alot of promise.He is a groundbreaker for all of mma.By the way,i am far from a Roger Heurta fan club member!!




LOL, Huerta is leaving the UFC because of money. Nothing to do with Dana White. Huerta wants superstar money while fighting like a journeymen. The UFC has been trying to reach the mexican boxing fans for years now and Huerta was one of the fighters they built up to reach that demo. But Like others have said he got the big head beating guys who were hand picked for him to beat. Even BEFORE he ever fought Florian he was threaning the UFC just to get more money when he had done nothing to earn it. All Huerta's popularity, his wins, his imagine were created by the UFC. But he wants to bite the hand that feed him. The UFC could have thrown him in with Florian and other top guys when he first come to the UFC and we wouldnt even be talking about Huerta because he would be on the undercard of KOTC or something. Its pretty simple. Dont make the UFC regret turning you into a star. Styles make fights and the UFC controls what style you face and eventually how far you will go.

Huerta is like Tito. Both wait until they get 1 ounce of leverage and they use it to find a way out of fighting. If yuo dont want to fight then dont fight. Dont look to hit the lotto by demanding a huge contract, dont look to start an acting career. Next Huerta will try to go into pro wrestling like Tito once tried.
theguido
3/30/09 10:04:42AM

Posted by prozacnation1978

i bet ufc drags this till the fall or dec have him fight a tough guy like sherk or sanchez


I would love to see him fight Sanchez
EliasG
3/30/09 10:42:46PM
I honestly can not understand the haters I hear on this board so often talking about how they lose respect for someone because they decide to make a decision that positively impacts their financial future. I honestly don't get it.

I've never spent my time looking at other men and questioning their "life decisions." it's not like these guys said, they don't want to fight anymore becuase they like pimping women more....or selling crack to kids at a playground cuz there is more money in it. They see opportunities and take them. It's what most people call "smart." If you make 14,000 at a fight and 140,000 for a tv or movie deal then you are making small movie money and amazingly high fight money---and you don't have train or get punched in the face----or booed by moronic fight fans that couldnt' give a rats fat arse about the actual fighter's life.

But whatever....that's just me I guess. Maybe I should just join in.

I hate that guy Huerta. He's a punk in my book for not doing what I want him to do..
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